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The Movie[]

Main article: Stranded in Space (film)


An astronaut finds himself stranded on a parallel Earth, pursued by agents of the oppressive government that controls society.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: Joel turns the Bots into a shooting gallery.

Invention Exchange (Segment One): The SOL gang and the Mads go back and forth with variations of the old "BANG!" flag gun, like an Uzi, dynamite, nunchucks and bowie knife.

Segment Two: The Bots fight over their "Topper's TV Trading Cards".


The Bots fight over their "Topper's TV Trading Cards"

Segment Three: Tom makes cookies, Crow has a nightmare, and they discuss Ward E.

Segment Four: Evil mastermind Joel and his hench-Bots plots to destroy all of television's famous detectives.

Segment Five: Joel and Crow try to sell Stranded in Space to movie mogul Tom, and the Mads ponder the similarities between mad science and show business.


Crow has nightmares while Servo makes cookies

Stinger: Stryker gets slapped.

MST3K Cast[]


  • Joel explains the premise of the series, this time adding some details that had not previously been established and would not be referred to again. He says, "As you can tell by the opening the Mads made…" and also says the Mads "sell the results to cable TV." 
  • Part of the joke of Host Segment Two seems to be that most of the TV series mentioned were never made into trading cards (with the exception being Welcome Back, Kotter). A trading card set of Columbo villains would presumably include the characters played by several actors who have appeared in movies used on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • Bob King worked as an audio technician for this one episode. 
  • At the end of the film, when a character introduces himself as Tom Nelson, Tom Servo can be heard faintly saying "Mike Nelson".



  • When demonstrating the Bang Uzi and the Bang Nunchuks, Joel and Frank visibly struggle to get the sound effect banners to deploy.
  • The dynamite plunger breaks in Frank's hand.
  • In the ending segment, Tom says "letter latey."

Obscure References[]

  • "Shrinky Dinks!"
Shrinky Dinks were a Milton Bradley toy that was popular in the 70s and 80s.
  • "Uh-oh, three on a transporter..."
A popular superstition about "three on a match" holds that the third person to light his cigarette from the same lit match as two other people is destined for bad luck or even death.
  • "They're all poppies!"
Tom is mimicking the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, who used a field of poppies in an attempt to keep Dorothy and her companions from reaching the Emerald City.
  • "God, you're ugly..."
A slight re-working of a line from the TV sitcom Fawlty Towers. Basil Fawlty said this to a nurse after he suffered a head injury in the episode "The Germans".
  • "He's got a Botany 500 ad to do."
Botany 500 is a line of upscale menswear. They have sponsored several TV game shows, for which they also provided the hosts' wardrobe.
  • "Switcher!"
In the film Mannequin (starring Kim Cattrall), the main character is a young man named Johnathan Switcher who works at a department store. His antics gain him the ire of the head of security, who would yell his last name in outrage.
  • "Oh no, they killed Snuggles!"
Snuggles is a cute plush toy bear that is the mascot for Snuggle brand fabric softener.
  • "My name is Luka, I live on the second floor"
A reference to the song Luka by Suzanne Vega about a victim of child abuse, although it is frequently interpreted as referring to spousal abuse.
  • "Toward Stephen Cannell's house"
Stephen Cannell was the producer of a number of 70s and 80s TV dramas, most notably The Rockford Files, Quincy ME, The A-Team, Baretta, Hardcastle and McCormick, etc. The joke is in keeping with the episode's repeated references to 70s TV shows of the Quinn Martin variety.

Video Releases[]